Month: February 2017

Pick Your Pleasure in Asia

I got on a plane

to a faraway place

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exchanging promises with God through each bout of turbulence

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to a place which sits in a remote corner of the world

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where I walked down jungled-covered paths

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and I found beauty hiding.

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In this place, I tried to understand the life I was leading and the world I was living in.

I wondered how it was that I’d ever become accustomed to thinking that the designer watch strapped to my wrist, the designer handbag hanging from my arm and the designer dresses that I draped myself in mattered or that they could offer me anything other than sterility and silence.

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I wondered why it was that I plunged vast amounts of time and energy into thinking about things that I could not and would not ever be able to control.

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I wondered why it was that I was so focussed on ticking off all the things I felt I needed to achieve but had little time to actually stop and breathe.

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I looked at the ocean snaking in waves in front of me and I thought about the space where real life and where real living existed.

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And I discovered the lightening bolt that I’d been searching for.

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In the ocean, I discarded the value in the meaningless and I pledged allegiance to all the love and beauty in the world.

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I knew that the shiny things I’d always painted and covered myself in didn’t balance me. And I knew that the magazines I read and the pictures they teased me with could never offer me a glimpse of any reality that I wanted.

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I didn’t want escapism in my life. Nor did I  want to dull my senses with shiny adornments.

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I wanted a simple reality.

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A reality that made my heart beat faster.

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A reality which made all the joy, heartache, love, pain, beauty, living, dying, that had passed billions of times before me under these pink skies, in the wilderness of this world, worth it.

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And in the paths I walked,

in the simple food I ate,

snorkeling to worlds remote,

and the people I met,

chatting under fiery skies,

I felt weightless.

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I found the rhythm of life’s dance

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where I was free to add my own love to the history of people who walked before me.

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In the rainbow of life, I found beauty coming into being.

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As I lie here now,

I paint these pictures in my mind’s eye,

as a trail,

and I remember it all,

with the certainty of tides,

forever.

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The Spell of the Charming Darling Georgetown, Malaysia

For those who come knocking at the gates of Penang, the Pearl of the Orient, the charming and darling Georgetown awaits.

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I retraced the steps I’d taken 10 years earlier, curious as to what Georgetown would teach me now.

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In a place this magical I found more than I could ask for.

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I stepped out into the perfumed cobbled alleyways with nothing in my mind but to wander.

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In Georgetown you’ll feel the love.

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Pastel painted houses washed in colour.

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Crumbling facades standing proud.

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Colourful mosaic tiles line your pathways.

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A beautiful canvas where cool hipsters paint on the powdery walls.

 

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Colonial townhouses exhale in the late afternoon heat.

 

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I watched the sun shine down, its image reflecting in the glassy green ocean.

 

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Bangra beats echoed out of Little India’s streets.

 

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Alleyways awakened.

 

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Hawker stalls started sizzling.

 

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Candy for the eyes, everywhere.

 

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I discovered young buskers singing rhythms which drifted into the humid air.

 

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I found beauty and wonder in the streets of Georgetown and I felt high on the good vibes that came from this town.

 

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Georgetown is a place where all the pleasures are dished out freely,

 

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where just being yourself is enough,

 

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where your practice is just living.

 

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Georgetown reminds you

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that you’ve already got everything to love

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and that life is more simple than we can even understand

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made up of a collection of moments

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to absorb ourselves in

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and no matter what life path we choose

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the only place we can go is everywhere

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because it’s the journeys we take

and the paths we walk

that always give us what we need.

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